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BLACK SABBATH Drummer BILL WARD: 'Let's Rock!'

BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi has told Launch Radio Networks he's going to have to take a trip through the group's old records to get ideas for a set list for the band's upcoming appearance at this year's Ozzfest. “I mean, it's not new for me to listen back to the old stuff, because I ...

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NIGHTMARE Cancel 'Headbangers Open Air' Appearance

French power metallers NIGHTMARE have been forced to cancel their appearance at Germany's Headbangers Open Air festival (July 9-10 in Brande-Hörnerkirchen) "for financial reasons," according to a posting on the band's official web site. "All our apologies go to our German fans... but we promise, we'll do our best to come back [to] Germany as ...

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JUDAS PRIEST's Reunion Tour: Opening Night Setlist Revealed

JUDAS PRIEST played their first concert since reuniting with singer Rob Halford Wednesday night (June 2) at Stadiumsporthalle in Hannover, Germany. The group's entire setlist for the show was follows: 01. Hellion 02. Electric Eye 03. Metal Gods 04. Heading Out to the Highway 05. The Ripper 06. Touch of Evil 07. The Sentinel 08. ...

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It's Official: Original BLACK SABBATH Lineup To Play OZZFEST 2004!

After initially declining an offer to join BLACK SABBATH members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler for a reunion on Ozzfest 2004, drummer Bill Ward has now reconsidered. The original lineup is now complete for their much-anticipated headlining slot on the 9th annual Ozzfest. Sharon Osbourne says: "You have the original BLACK SABBATH and ...

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STARRATS To Support ALICE COOPER In Denmark

Danish hard rockers STARRATS will support ALICE COOPER on June 17 at the Ringsted Kongres Center in Denmark. The band, who consists of Christian Braun (drums), Kasper Eskildsen (bass), Dennis Post (guitar) and Søren Nico Adamsen (vocals), will release their debut album, entitled "Broken Halo", in June through Italy's Adrenaline Records. In addition, they have ...

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RAM Confirmed For Sweden's METALTOWN Festival

According to a posting on their web site, RAM, the Swedish "traditional" heavy metal band featuring Leif Larsson (bass, ex-FROZEN EYES) and Morgan Pettersson (drums, ex-B-THONG), have been confirmed for the Metaltown festival, a one-day event scheduled to take place June 19 at Bananpiren in Gothenburg, Sweden. The lineup of acts currently scheduled to appear ...

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BOB GELDOF: No Plans For 'Live Aid II'

Reuters is reporting that Irish rock star Bob Geldof has denied he has teamed up with U2 singer Bono for a repeat of the 1985 Live Aid concerts to raise money to help ease third world debt. The Sun newspaper had earlier run a front page story saying Prime Minister Tony Blair was backing "Live ...

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DEADLY BLESSING: Making Up For Lost Time

Away from the daily grind, as a courier for Fed Ex, the former (current?) DEADLY BLESSING vocalist "Ski" could easily be mistaken for any Normal Joe in the crowd, especially now with his bald head and eye glasses. The recent reunion show (minus guitarist Tony Kerr) has revitalized the quiet frontman, who is busy issuing ...

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OZZFEST 2004 Is Looking For Raw Talent

It's the rock & roll opportunity of a lifetime: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are looking for the next great band to rock the Ozzfest 2004 main stage alongside BLACK SABBATH, JUDAS PRIEST, SLAYER and more. Auditions will be held coast-to-coast to find eight unsigned, undiscovered bands to take part in a final competition yielding one ...

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JUDAS PRIEST: 'First Rehearsal Was Fantastic'

JUDAS PRIEST Management Co-Ordinator Jayne Andrews has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "Well it has finally happened!! The band had their first rehearsal yesterday (Monday 24th May) with the reunited line-up and it was fantastic!!! I was with the guys so was very proud to be a part of it!! ...

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RAM To Headline HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR Festival Warm-Up Party

RAM, the Swedish "traditional" heavy metal band featuring Leif Larsson (bass, ex-FROZEN EYES) and Morgan Pettersson (drums, ex-B-THONG), have been confirmed to headline the Headbangers Open Air festival warm-up party on July 8 in Itzehoe, Germany. Other acts set to perform include the traditional heavy metal act METAL INQUISITOR and old-school thrashers WITCHBURNER. More information ...

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DESTRUCTION Drummer Arrested In Italy

DESTRUCTION drummer Marc Reign was arrested in Italy Sunday (May 24) following the band's performance in Brescia. The following statement on the matter was posted on the group's official web site: "After the fantastic gig in Brescia, Italy, the band had massive problems to leave the country by plane from the Milano airport. What happened ...

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Metalogy - JUDAS PRIEST

Because the two titans of British heavy metal, BLACK SABBATH and JUDAS PRIEST, have released boxed sets so close to each other (SABBATH's "Black Box" arrived last month), a compare-and-contrast is almost inevitable. And the first question that comes to mind regarding the handsomely packaged "Metalogy" is… was it necessary? In the case of SABBATH's ...

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AFTER ALL Complete Work On New Album

On May 14, Begium's AFTER ALL completed the recording of the their fifth full-length album, "The Vermin Breed". The CD is set for release this fall. Like its predecessor, "Mercury Rising", "The Vermin Breed" was recorded and mixed by veteran producer Harris Johns at his Spiderhouse Studio in Berlin, Germany. Harris is best known for ...

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Unsigned Trio ZO2 To Tour U.S. With KISS And POISON

According to a posting on their web site, Brooklyn-based trio ZO2 have secured the prestigious opening slot for this summer's KISS/POISON tour. "This would be an outstanding achievement for any band but the truly remarkable fact is that ZO2 is as yet unsigned," the group write. "The thrill of a relative unknown opening ...

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Denmark's STARRATS To Release Debut CD In June

Copenhagen, Denmark-based hard rock band STARRATS have completed work on their debut album, "Broken Halo", for a June release through Italy's Adrenaline Records. The group, who feature in their ranks former members of such acts as PUSH, FURY and THE BLACK ROSE, describe their sound as a mixture of "the great melody, feel and musicianship ...

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Organizers: Spain's METAL MANIA FESTIVAL To Last Only One Day

Due to problems experienced in trying to secure a suitable site for the second edition of Spain's Metal Mania Festival, the event's organizers have announced that this year's gathering will take place in the city of Valencia and will last only one day (June 25) — not three days as initially expected. The abbreviated lineup ...

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VH1 Counts Down '100 Most Metal Moments' In Five-Night Special

MOTÖRHEAD, W.A.S.P.'s Blackie Lawless, POISON's Bret Michaels, former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach, ANTHRAX, L.A. GUNS, KISS, ex-MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil, Ronnie James Dio and FASTER PUSSYCAT are among the artists featured in "100 Most Metal Moments", a VH1 special focusing on the "entertaining (and sometimes shocking) moments" that defined heavy metal music's heyday. ...

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Ex-JUDAS PRIEST Singer TIM OWENS: I Was Fired By E-Mail

Former JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim "Ripper" Owens has revealed to the Washington Post that he found out about plans for the band to reunite with Rob Halford via an e-mail from band management. Owens says he was told the switch would be "best for everyone." "They could have called me," Owens says. "But whatever." According ...

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SOULFLY To Support JUDAS PRIEST In Czech Republic

SOULFLY will be supporting JUDAS PRIEST at their June 14 headlining show in Prague, Czech Republic. Confirmed SOULFLY European tour dates are as follows: May 14 - Oslo, NOR @ Rockerfeller May 16 - Tampere, FIN @ Pakkahuone May 17 - Helsinki, FIN @ Tavastia May 19 - Copenhagen, DEN @ Pumpehuset May 20 - ...

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HIBRIA: Debut Album Mixed By IRON SAVIOR's PIET SIELCK

Brazilian heavy metallers HIBRIA have finished mixing and mastering their debut album, "Defying the Rules", with Piet Sielck (IRON SAVIOR) at a studio in Germany. A release date for the CD has yet to be announced. Based out of Porto Alegre, HIBRIA play traditional metal in the vein of HELLOWEEN and JUDAS PRIEST. The songs ...

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